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Contra Dance


From Sarah Hensiek ’13:

The first Wes Contra dance of the year is this Friday!! Come hang out with all of your favorite orgo lab friends and meet new friends while you’re at it!

The band and caller are local CT folks – awesome as always. Fulfill your New Year’s resolution to try something new! Come for as much or as little as you want – we’ll teach you everything you need to know.

Date: January 31st
Time: 8PM – 11PM
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: FREE

WESU Concert: Boldy James, Gifted Higgz, Kill-F

Jesse “Morocco Mike” Brent ’13:

boldy james2WESU’s Spring Concert Series concludes on Friday, April 12th with:

  • Boldy James, a wildly inventive, cool-headed MC from Detroit. He’s due to release a new project with prolific producer The Alchemist later this year.
  • Gifted Higgz, an up-and-coming MC from RIGHT HERE IN MIDDLETOWN.
  • Kill-F, the mysterious controversy whose music was too hot for the Internet. Read about (and listen to) his EP here.

This event is on Facebook, but it’s also outdoors in real life. And it’s free. And open to all.

We hope — WE SUpplicate — to see you there.

Date: Friday, April 12
Time: 9 – 11pm
Place: WestCo Courtyard (rain: WestCo Café), 18 Foss Hill Drive

Area Man Raps About Connecticut’s Many Attractions

“Downtown Middletown, with the insane / Wesleyan girls, they got great brains.”

Have you heard of Joey Batts? Self-proclaimed “live entertainer & genius,” Joseph Battaglia aka Joey Batts has performed in various rap ensembles around southern New England since 2004. His newest project, Joey Batts and Them, is an outfit that might be compared to Josh Smith & The Concert G’s, only because both groups consist of a lead vocalist and a backing band.

Batts’ personal website mentions that he teaches creative writing at Hartford Public High—and this is a most noble service to the community—but it seems he may have run out of creativity on his recent release, the aptly titled “860”. Paean to all things Connecticut (Westfarms Mall, Bradley Airport), “860” is an essentially four minutes of AABB rhyme-yelling over heavy guitar riffs and the only drum beat your kid brother knows how to play. Lyrical vacuity and noise pollution notwithstanding, this song deserves our attention long enough for us to hear Batts say: “Wesleyan girls, they got great brains.” I’m not 100% sure there isn’t innuendo in this line, but I won’t parse it.